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Two men recognised for saving a neighbour from a fire

November 13 2018
Daniel Wilkes and Neil Turley with CFO Becci Bryant

Daniel Wilkes and Neil Turley with CFO Becci Bryant

Two Penkridge men have been recognised by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for their actions in saving their neighbour from a fire.

Although the resident had managed to get out of the burning house, she was still in danger as she was trapped in her garden. Mr Wilkes and Mr Turley didn’t hesitate to put themselves at risk by climbing over fences and garage roofs to get to her as they recognised she needed help.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

On June 4, 2018 at around 5.45pm Daniel Wilkes and Neil Turley noticed the bungalow of a neighbour was on fire. The 59 year-old woman who lived there had managed to get out of the building but was trapped in her enclosed rear garden. Both men ran to her aid and climbed over adjoining garage roofs to reach her. They then removed a fence panel to lead her to safety and fresh air and looked after her until ambulance crews arrived. The woman was admitted to hospital with smoke inhalation but made a full recovery.

Family and friends were able to watch the two being presented with their certificates of commendation by Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant at an event at Penkridge Community Fire Station last night (Monday).

Presenting Daniel and Alexander with their certificates Becci stated: “Although the resident had managed to get out of the burning house, she was still in danger as she was trapped in her garden. Mr Wilkes and Mr Turley didn’t hesitate to put themselves at risk by climbing over fences and garage roofs to get to her as they recognised she needed help. The quickest way for them to get her out was to take down a fence panel; something she would not have been able to do herself.

“Their actions are a perfect example of what it means to be a caring, good neighbour. They leapt to the aid of someone in distress and it makes me proud to know there are people in our communities who are prepared to take action when it’s needed.”